Liberal Democrats

Could Vince Cable be the Lib Dems’ answer to Jeremy Corbyn?

20 June 2017 11:33

There was a time when progressives thought that politics had become too much of an old boys’ club. In the place of…

Embracing liberal Christianity can lead the Lib Dems out of irrelevance

15 June 2017 11:40

In a sense it was the Liberal Democrats who did worst in this odd election. For the point of this…

Jo Swinson favourite to be new Lib Dem leader as Tim Farron quits

14 June 2017 19:09

After a fairly disastrous general election campaign, Tim Farron has quit as leader of the Liberal Democrats. You can see why: he wanted…

Why I’m voting Liberal Democrat for the first time today

8 June 2017 8:06

From a very early age I’ve been put off by sanctimoniousness; it’s why, I think, I’ve never been attracted to…

Have the Lib Dems learned the wrong lesson from the SNP?

19 May 2017 14:33

That the Tories would enjoy this general election campaign and Labour would spend it alternating between abject misery and total…

Tim Farron: yes, I’ve held talks with Tony Blair. He’s great at coalitions

30 April 2017 9:44

What is Tony Blair playing at? Our permatanned former Prime Minister recently declared himself to be closer to the Liberal…

Liberal Democrats’ unlikely alliance: vote Tory, Ukip (or Lib Dem) to defeat Labour

26 April 2017 17:45

Earlier this month, Tim Farron appeared to cast doubt on the idea of forming a ‘progressive alliance’ where the Greens, Labour…

Tim Farron sacks David Ward – but the damage is already done

26 April 2017 16:03

When the snap election was called last week, it looked like plain-sailing for the Liberal Democrats. Tim Farron’s party appeared…

The Spectator Podcast: Election special

20 April 2017 16:12

On this week’s episode, we discuss the two European nations that are are heading for the polls in the next couple…

What threat do the Liberal Democrats pose to the Conservatives?

10 April 2017 16:56

What threat do the Liberal Democrats pose to the Conservatives? Two years ago, this question could have been brushed aside as…

Labour has no alternative

18 February 2017 10:35

In normal times, by-elections are bad for governing parties and good for oppositions. But it is an indicator of how…

Lib Dems’ new marketing strategy

12 December 2016 15:46

During the coalition years, Lib Dem conferences were well-attended events with many businesses, too, opting to exhibit. However, since the…

Labour has even bigger problems than Jeremy Corbyn these days

10 December 2016 10:38

Want proof of how bad things are for Labour? Jeremy Corbyn and his disastrous leadership is not even its biggest…

The LibDems will make the Richmond Park by-election into a referendum on Brexit

25 October 2016 19:09

Zac Goldsmith has announced this evening that he’ll be standing as an independent in the Richmond Park by-election he has…

Theresa May’s Ukip opportunity

23 October 2016 11:13

Since Nigel Farage’s latest resignation as Ukip leader, it has become clear that he is the only person who can…

Tim Farron bangs the anti-Brexit drum as he reaches for the centre ground

20 September 2016 16:44

Tim Farron’s hardest task in his conference speech today was convincing people to actually listen. A test of how successful…

Why does no-one think of the Lib Dems?

11 August 2016 14:41

Talking to Labour MP these days is a pretty miserable business, to the extent that many journalists are starting to…

Is the man who gave us fixed term parliaments now trying to do away with them?

27 June 2016 15:27

Nick Clegg has written an interesting column for the Evening Standard today about the referendum result. You will not be…

The Spectator podcast: Erdogan’s Europe

6 May 2016 16:54

To subscribe to The Spectator’s weekly podcast, for free, visit the iTunes store or click here for our RSS feed.…

May 2016 elections: The Spectator guide

4 May 2016 18:38

Britain goes to the polls this week, as electoral contests take place in London, Scotland, Wales and across England. They’re…

Watch: George Osborne promises to ‘abolish’ the Liberal Democrats

16 March 2016 14:25

Of course no Budget announcement would be complete without some customary ‘banter’ from the Chancellor of the Exchequer. With George…

Simon Hughes’ new job brings him back to the Commons

11 March 2016 13:45

After Simon Hughes lost his seat in the general election, the Liberal Democrat stalwart went from Justice Minister to unemployed…

Nick Clegg visited dogging site during his time as deputy PM

4 March 2016 9:50

With Nick Clegg now a mere backbencher, his former staff appear to no longer feel the need to protect the…

Lib Dem rising star quits party in ‘gendered abuse’ row

16 February 2016 17:47

The Liberal Democrats’ track record with female party activists has suffered in recent years after Lord Rennard was accused of sexual harassment.…

Why can’t Labour decide if it opposes the Investigatory Powers Bill?

10 November 2015 18:36

Last week brought into focus how Labour is in complete and utter disarray. After the Home Secretary’s statement on the…